Crushing on Audrey Malo

Audrey Malo is a Quebec-based artist who sells her work in her etsy store, Cendrille. The girls she depicts in her paintings are sometimes melancholic but always well dressed; they manage to be sweet without being saccharine.

How do you decide what the girls in your drawings will wear? Do they reflect your own style?

I don’t really plan anything when I draw, it is mostly intuitive. Once the face is traced, I just sketch something that looks cute and that feels right with the personality of my character. I’ve been told my girls look like me and I think this is a bit true, they wear what I’d like to wear every day. We share a common interest for dresses, bows, hearts and red lipstick!

How did you dress when you were a girl?
I had two distinct phases when I was young: from kindergarten to age 8, I was really into princess dresses and would always wear extravagant puffy-sleeved floral dresses in class pictures. Ponytails and bows in my hair too. Then, at 9, I started wearing glasses and got braces so I didn’t feel really cute. I was just wearing what was “in” at the time – jeans and brightly coloured t-shirts, and tennis shoes. Basically my mom would help me dress up until I was about 11. Then in high school I was a goth, but that’s another story.

What are your favourite artistic mediums? Are there any out there you have yet to try but you would like to?
I’ve been painting with opaque watercolours for a while now and this is most definitely my favourite, as the colour always comes out very bright and dries fast. I’d love to try inks — as well as be taught how to do it properly!

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Our hearts will go on & on & on

I’m very pleased to say that last Saturday, I only had to read one break-up love letter. 

You see, KJ Teddy the K and I (the Vana White to his Pat Sajak) made a lil’ deal that if there were any lulls during our Heartbreak Karaoke fundraiser, I would read infamous break-up love letters (consider it the downside to Sex & The City‘s Love Letters of Great Men). So SPANK YOU VERY MUCH to the brave soul who cut me off during an incredibly over-wrought 1816 missive from Lord Byron to Lady Byron with another Karaoke chip (and you know, I never had to go back to missive ever again).

As you can tell, the night was a huge success (see photo above of myself and Boy Reporter belting out “I Had The Time of My Life”, which had Miss Coco Buck re-enact the infamous Baby air-lift on the Cameron House‘s dance floor).

We saw boys who literally wore their hearts on their sleeve in the form of tight-fitting 1970s knitted vests, or look like they belong on a Blondie Parallel Lines album cover (albeit trading the white shirt for red). Girls wore divine outfits — velvet sangria, venetian red check, prim and proper fire engine lace gloves. We had one $5 Celine Dion interpretation (“Aaaaaalll by my seeeeeelf…”) and two $10 jump the line and SING NOWs. The prizes were plentiful — a few fascinators, a free haircut, the requisite Worn Fashion Journal subscription — and did I mention how divine the outfits were? See evidence at our Flickr photostream.